Local/State News

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New exhibit features images of ordinary, functional structures in Valley, Central Virginia

Great, striking works of architecture can bring awe and inspiration.  But the design of the everyday, functional structures that surround us are different.


Virginia youth train to cecome traffic safety advocates

The 2018 Summer Leadership Retreat is sponsored by Youth of Virginia Speak Out About Traffic Safety, a program of the Virginia State Police.


AgBOT that slaps watermelons to determine ripeness wins top prize

The Virginia Tech agBOT team clinched first place in the third annual 2018 agBOT Challenge at Gerrish Farms in Rockville, Indiana, earning a top prize of $30,000.


Virginia State Police investigating fatal motorcycle crash in Halifax County

A Vernon Hill, Va., man is dead after a single-vehicle motorcycle crash on Route 360 in Halifax County on Friday.

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Daniel Scogna exhibit at the Beverley Street Studio School Gallery

Beverley Street Studio School hosts Daniel Scogna’s show, Forest Murmurs, which opens on Friday, June 22 at the school’s downtown gallery at 22 W. Beverley St., Staunton.

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AAA: Good news, bad news on gas prices

Virginia drivers are finding both good news and bad news at the pump. The good news is that local gas prices continue to drop slightly but the bad news is that many areas are seeing prices between 50 and 60 cents higher than one year ago.

Charlottesville Parks & Recreation

Charlottesville Cooling Centers to open Monday

The City of Charlottesville will be designating Key Recreation Center, Tonsler Recreation Center and the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library (Central Branch) as cooling centers beginning Monday, June 18 until further notice.

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Staunton District Traffic Alert: June 18-22

The following is a list of highway work that may affect traffic in the Staunton District during the coming weeks. The Staunton District consists of 11 counties from the Alleghany Highlands to the northern Shenandoah Valley.

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Physics researchers bring in federal funding to boost quantum science and technology research

Researchers in the Department of Physics are building a major program in quantum information sciences thanks in part to multiple federal grants that have brought $3.7 million directly to Virginia Tech.

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Virginia health care partners implement plan to aid nursing homes during disasters

The Commonwealth of Virginia and partnering health care providers have implemented a comprehensive process for nursing homes throughout the state to assist each other during disasters.

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American cheese inventory sets record high

American cheese stocks totaled 1.35 billion pounds at the end of April, the second-highest total since 1917 and the highest April total ever, reported the American Farm Bureau Federation.


Cattleman ships from Southwest Virginia to southern China

It’s a long trip from the mountains of Southwest Virginia to southern China, but it was a trip Smyth County cattleman Seth Umbarger was ready to take to help his family farm expand.

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Lynchburg District Traffic Alert: June 18-22

Highway work in the Lynchburg District requiring road/lane/structure closures is scheduled, weather permitting.

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Culpeper District Traffic Alert: June 18-22

The following highway work is scheduled, weather permitting, in the Culpeper District during the upcoming week. Traffic movements may be restricted and speed limits reduced in work zones.


Monticello hosts gathering of descendants of enslaved families

In conjunction with national Juneteenth events, Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello will welcome a gathering of descendants of enslaved families today.

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Tick-borne meat sensitivity linked to heart disease

UVA School of Medicine researchers have linked sensitivity to an allergen in red meat – a sensitivity spread by tick bites – with a buildup of fatty plaque in the arteries of the heart.


Discovery Inc. to invest $16 million to expand global technology and operations hub in Loudoun County

Discovery Inc., an American media company and a worldwide leader in real life entertainment, intends to invest $16 million to expand its global technology and operations hub in Loudoun County.

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Coming to Dominion Energy Center on Aug. 12: Vince Gill

Twenty-one-time Grammy® Award-winning country music superstar Vince Gill will be coming to Richmond’s Dominion Energy Center on Sunday, August 12 at 7:30 p.m.

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Augusta Health Emergency Department purchases handheld ultrasound device through grant

Physicians and staff in Augusta Health’s Emergency Department are able to diagnose certain conditions quickly and without radiation with a Hand-Held Ultrasound device.


Virginia unemployment rate drops to 3.2 percent in May

Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was down 0.1 percentage point in May to 3.2 percent and was down 0.6 percentage point from a year ago.


Staunton, Augusta County, Waynesboro release 10-Year Strategic Plan for Career and Technical Education

The economic development offices in Staunton, Augusta County and Waynesboro have released the outcome of a collaborative project, a 10-Year Strategic Plan for Career and Technical Education.

Wayne Theatre

Wayne Theatre announces 2018-2019 Fall/Winter Season

The upcoming season at the Wayne Theatre was announced Wednesday night at a preview event at the Wayne.

VCU Health

Social rejection is painful and can lead to violence: Study suggests mindfulness as solution

People who have greater levels of mindfulness — or the tendency to maintain attention on and awareness of the present moment — are better able to cope with the pain of being rejected by others, according to a new study led by a team of VCU researchers.


Waynesboro Schools announce appointments of two Kate Collins Middle School assistant principals

The Waynesboro School Board announces the selection of two assistant principals for Kate Collins Middle School beginning July 1.


Blasting permit under review for Charlottesville development

The City of Charlottesville has received an application for a blasting permit at an active construction site on Quarry Road, better known as Belmont Point or Stonehenge PUD.